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MSU Opens Transgenic and Genome Editing Facility

petri dish

Michigan State University’s Transgenic and Genome Editing Facility (MSU-TGEF), located in the new Bio Engineering building, supports the in-house generation of transgenic organisms, embryos and cells lines in a variety…

Latest Research

Robert Last

Study Finds How Plants are Damaged by Extreme Sunlight

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Scientists have an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mechanisms that ensure efficient photosynthesis under laboratory-controlled light conditions. But less is known about the regulation of photosynthesis when plants experience…

MSU’s Jain Creates ‘Spoof’ Finger to Test Security

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Do you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is…

MSU's Danny Schnell works on the seed-oil based Camelina plant, and is seen here with research associates Emily Pawlowski (left) and Bibin Paulose.

$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina OIlseed Yield

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed plant…

Hans Schroder and brain cap

For Worriers, Expressive Writing May Help Cool Brain

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chronic worriers, take note: Simply writing about your feelings may help you perform an upcoming stressful task more efficiently, finds a Michigan State University study that measured participants’…

Meng-Lun Hsieh

Fighting the Protective Barriers of Bacteria

Thursday, September 14, 2017

One of the challenges in treating infectious bacteria is finding agents that can penetrate the protective barriers, also known as biofilms, that the organisms develop. Biofilms are layers…

Hausinger and Hu

Crystal Structure Shows Electrons, Unusual Enzyme

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Michigan State University have combined structural biology and enzymatic approaches to clarify the catalytic mechanism of an unusual enzyme. “We now have a crystal structure that allows us…